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Epilepsy - what to ask your doctor - child

Definition

Your child has epilepsy. Children with epilepsy have seizures. A seizure is a sudden brief change in the electrical activity in the brain. It leads to brief unconsciousness and uncontrollable body movements.

Below are some questions you may want to ask your child's doctor or nurse to help you take care of your child's epilepsy.

Alternate Names

What to ask your doctor about epilepsy - child; Seizures - what to ask your doctor - child

Questions

What safety measures do I need to take at home to keep my child safe during a seizure?

What should I discuss with my child's teachers about epilepsy?

  • Will my child need to take medicines during the school day?
  • Can my child participate in gym class and recess?

Are there any sports activities that my child should not do? Does my child need to wear a helmet for any type of activities?

Does my child need to wear a medical alert bracelet?

Who else should know about my child's epilepsy?

Is it ever okay to leave my child alone?

What do we need to know about my child's seizure medicines?

  • What medicines does my child take? What are the side effects?
  • Can my child take antibiotics or other medicines also? How about acetaminophen (Tylenol), vitamins, or herbal remedies?
  • How should I store the seizure medicines?
  • What happens if my child misses one or more doses?
  • Can my child ever stop taking a seizure medicine if there are side effects?

How often does my child need to see the doctor? When does my child need blood tests?

Will I always be able to tell my child is having a seizure?

What are the signs that my child's epilepsy is becoming worse?

What should I do when my child is having a seizure?

  • When should I call 911?
  • After the seizure is over, what should I do?
  • When should I call the doctor?

Review Date: 3/5/2013
Reviewed By: Luc Jasmin, MD, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles and Department of Anatomy, University of California, San Francisco, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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